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Boardin' in the Thicket: Reminiscences and Recipes of Early Big Thicket Boarding Houses


A descendant of one of the pioneer boarding house families, Wanda Landrey searched the Big Thicket to find survivors of the boarding house era and to collect their stories and recipes.
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A descendant of one of the pioneer boarding house families, Wanda Landrey searched the Big Thicket to find survivors of the boarding house era and to collect their stories and recipes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574410549
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,412,041
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Wanda A. Landrey is a historian, writer and researcher who lectures on the culture of the Big Thicket region of Texas. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from Lamar University, and lives in Beaumont, Texas.
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Table of Contents

Kountze: The Commercial Hotel 1
Recipes 6
Sour Lake: The Springs Hotel Resort 13
Recipes 21
Silsbee: The Badders Hotel/The City Hotel 29
Recipes 40
Southeast Texas: The Harvey Houses 47
Recipes 52
Bessmay: The Bessmay Hotel 63
Recipes 68
Trinity: The Scott Hotel 73
Recipes 80
Kountze: The Cariker Hotel 87
Recipes 91
Honey Island: The Honey Island Boarding House 95
Recipes 101
Colmesneil: The East Texas Hotel 109
Recipes 113
Batson: The Caledonia/Aunt Doll's Boarding House 123
Recipes 131
Saratoga: The Vines Hotel 139
Recipes 147
Bragg: The Bragg Hotel 157
Recipes 164
Epilogue 174
Bibliography 177
Index 184
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